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Creating web-friendly images

If you forget everything else, remember this: an image taken with my digital camera is WAY too big for my website!


Your image may look great pasted into a Word document or viewed on screen, but these programs and viewers reduce the image so that it can be viewed optimally. This is not the case when you upload the image to your website the web.

Even if you reduce the pixel length and width of your image when you insert it into your HTML document, it will still be the same size in kilobytes, and it is too many kilobytes that makes your website slow and cumbersome for other people viewing it.

So whatís the solution?

Use a program like PIXresizer. PIXresizer is a free tool for quickly generating screen-friendly versions of your images with dramatically reduced file sizes. It is a photo resizing program that enables you to quickly resize one file or a selection of image files for use on the web and in e-mail. The reduced files are saved in a different directory, so your original pictures are not changed.

The program offers several different resizing methods to choose from and can automatically recognize image sizes to calculate the best fit. PIXresizer includes a built-in image viewer and you can also convert between graphics formats: it opens and saves in .bmp, .gif, .jpg, .png, and .tif formats. A great companion for webmasters and digital photographers.

It is ideal for people who do not need a complex image editing program.

PIXresizer screenshot

Remember, itís free and contains no adware or spyware. You can download PIXresizer here. It is a 2.9mb download. Just click on the link and, when prompted, Save the file to your desktop. Once downloaded, double-click it to install the program to your PC.

If you need help to use the program we have created an Adobe PDF to show you how easy it is. You can download the Getting Images Right manual here.

* always use a virus checker before running downloaded applications or files from the Internet

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